Before getting behind the wheel, you might be looking for some driving tips for the Cayman Islands. We’ve rounded up some of the important rules and regulations, speed limits, and other information you should know before driving on the 3 islands that make up the Cayman Islands.
Rules and Regulations
- Drive on the left-hand side of the road.
- Seat belts must be worn by all occupants of the vehicle.
- Any child traveling in a motor vehicle must wear a seatbelt and if under the age of 14 must sit in the rear of the vehicle. A rear-facing child’s car seat must not be fitted in a seat with a front airbag.
- The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.100% (100mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood).
- Turning left on a red light after a full stop is allowed and legal.
- The use of a mobile phone while driving is strictly forbidden unless you are using a hands-free set.
- Always drive around a roundabout in a clockwise direction and give way to traffic approaching from the right. Once on a roundabout, do not stop to admit cars entering the roundabout from the left. Watch out for cars in the right-hand lane. If they are to your right and slightly ahead and they want to turn left, they have the right of way.
- At a four-way junction, the car who enters the junction first has the right of way.
- All drivers must give way to pedestrians at pedestrian crossings.
- You cannot overtake if there is a solid single or double white or yellow line in the center of the road.
- The turning lane in the center of some roads is designed to help drivers turn right across traffic. The lane should never be used for overtaking.
- When a school bus has its lights flashing and has stopped to allow children to get on or off, drivers are NOT permitted to pass the bus. This applies to vehicles approaching the bus from the front as well as those at the rear.
These are the standard legal limits. Any variations will be signposted.
|Within city limits||25-30 mph (40-48 km/h)|
|Outside city limits||40 mph (64 km/h)|
|Motorways||50 mph (80 km/h)|
- The use of fogs lights is not allowed.
- You must have held your driver’s license for 2 years to rent a car here.
- Drivers between 21 and 70 years old are allowed to rent a car.
- You must get a visitor’s driver’s license, available from your car rental agency like SIXT.
- There are no toll roads in the Cayman Islands.
- Parking is free throughout the islands and readily available.
- A vehicle carrying an overhanging load must mark the load with a red flag of at least 1ft. x 1ft. If the object overhangs by more than 3 ft. then the vehicle must be accompanied by a police escort.
- Use caution when driving at night as many roads narrow without much shoulder.
- Road conditions are very good throughout the region, but visitors should watch for wildlife that can sometimes stray onto roads outside the larger towns and cities.